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Bush Acts On Drilling, Congress Still Won’t

From the outraged Gaia worshippers at the Associated Press:

Bush to lift executive ban on offshore drilling

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – In another push to deal with soaring gas prices, President Bush on Monday will lift an executive ban on offshore drilling that his stood since his father was president. But the move, by itself, will do nothing unless Congress acts as well.

The president plans to officially lift the ban and explain his actions in a Rose Garden statement, White House press secretary Dana Perino said.

There are two prohibitions on offshore drilling, one imposed by Congress and another by executive order signed by former President Bush in 1990. The current president, trying to ease market tensions and boost supply, called last month for Congress to lift its prohibition before he did so himself.

But Perino said Bush no longer wants to wait. She pinned blame on the leaders of the Democratic Congress for inaction.

"They haven’t even held a single hearing," Perino said. "So we are going to move forward, and hopefully that will spur action by the Congress."

Asked if Bush’s action alone will lead to more oil drilling, Perino said, "In terms of allowing more exploration to go forward? No, it does not." ..

One suspects that the executive order blocking offshore drilling is minimal at best. And, as Ms. Perino notes, this will not lead to any more drilling.

But it does help point up how recalcitrant Congress is being.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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